13) So I've been sitting here in a stupor for the last half-hour; the A's went through a stretch recently where they scored a total of 14 runs in ten games; they just scored eight runs in the second inning against the Rangers. Weird that the Tigers cut Brandon Inge, but he's really helped Oakland. All he has to do now is stay healthy for an extended period.
12) I'll keep saying this until someone listens; if the NBA wants fewer guys to flop on defense, then call fewer charging fouls. Coaches won't stand for their guys lying on the floor if they're not getting offensive fouls called.
11) Wonder what TNT's Craig Sager thinks of Gregg Popovich; guy makes John Tortorella look like Dick Vitale. Popovich said a total of four words in his interview after the third quarter Monday night. Maybe his team would play better if he loosened up a little bit.
10) MLB Network has a terrific idea televising the amateur draft this week, but problem is, we don’t know any of the players. In football/basketball, we know most of the high draft picks, having watched them play at least a little bit in college. In baseball, they’re just names until they get some time in down in the minors.
One way to spruce up the draft would allow picks to be traded; all of us understand that end of it. Some teams would go nuts trading their picks (could you imagine if George Allen had had 40+ picks a year to trade when he coached in the NFL??), some would accumulate picks.
9) Baseball has moved the signing deadline up a month from previous years, to July 13. Only players who can sign after July 13 are college seniors who don't have any more college eligibility left. This will allow all the draft picks to play some ball in short season rookie leagues this summer.
8) We said yesterday that the A’s are the first team since the 1954 Pirates to get shut out 11+ times in their first 54 games. Looking back at those ’54 Bucs, we see they went 53-101, not very good. One of their best players in '54 was an outfielder named Frank Thomas, who eight years later, played for the infamous 42-120 expansion Mets' team. That must've been fun.
Weird thing is that only six years after that 53-101 debacle, the Pirates won the World Series. Maybe there's hope for the A's after all.
7) Game 4 of Miami-Boston series was first NBA playoff game in 20 years where the leading scorer on both sides fouled out of the game.
6) NBA refs don’t get a lot of respect and in too many cases, rightfully so; sometimes, it just seems like they blow the whistle and guess. Another reason why legalizing any type of zone defense would make the game better. There would be less physical contact, less marginal calls to make.
5) Best wishes to former Met/Oriole GM Jim Duquette, who donated a kidney to his 10-year old daughter Monday.
4) If you hear the term “aggravated DUI”, that means the driver blew more than .15% on his/her breathalyzer test. Not good. Big trouble.
3) There is an actual beer called "Arrogant Bastard Ale". Seriously.
2) You want to feel good for an excellent Thunder team, but then you realize this is the franchise the NBA stole from the city of Seattle, which had been great supporters of the SuperSonics for 35 years. Doesn't seem right.
1) Guy named Phil Anschutz owns the LA Kings; supposedly he is worth $7 billion. He's a couple days away from winning the Stanley Cup. What do you do for fun when you're worth $7B? Answer: Anything you want.
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